Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Schuylkill County Obituaries for December 28th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  December 28th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Bonnie A. Schrader
, 58, of Hecla, passed away Saturday, December 25th, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Allentown.

Bonnie was born in Pottsville, on April 11, 1963, a daughter of Elsie C. (Seltzer) Kunkel, of Orwigsburg, and the late Morton Kunkel.

She was the wife of Barry Lee Schrader. They were married on May 18th, 1985 and have been inseparable ever since.

She was a member of Zion’s Red Church, Orwigsburg, and a 1981 Graduate of Blue Mountain High School.

She was employed as a Cafeteria manager for Blue Mountain Elementary School-East. She took an early retirement to enjoy her grandchildren & family. She was always behind the camera taking many photos. She loved to be outdoors with her animals and 4 wheeling with her husband Barry.
In addition her mother Elsie and Barry, her husband of 36 years, Bonnie is survived by three daughters, Melanie, wife of John Caracappa and their daughter Harper and Step Daughter Abbey; Tanya, wife of Dutch Brensinger and their daughter Creole & son Kilmer; Kristen Schrader and her Companion Chad Harig.

Bonnie is also survived by two sisters, Susan, wife of James Stein and Linda, wife of Mark Sterner. Also surviving are nieces & nephews. Bonnie was preceded in death by her grandparents Clara & Clarence Seltzer.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, January 4th at Hamilton - Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg, with Rev. Jon Heim officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until time of service at Noon. Interment will be in Steigerwalt’s Church Cemetery.


James J. Cuff, 86, Ashland passed away peacefully Monday evening at Shenandoah Senior Living Community.

Born in Connerton he was a son of the late James and Beatrice Mareski Cuff. He had been employed as the parts manager for Ashland Diesel until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Ashland , and was a US Army veteran serving from 1955 to 1958.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Carol Metzinger Cuff in 2003 and three sons; James, Robert and Mark.

Jim is survived by his two sons and two daughters; Lawrence and his wife Pamela Cuff, Lancaster, John Cuff, East Berlin, Carol Cuff, Ashland and Jamie wife of Thomas Molinaro, Stroudsburg also by several Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 3rd, at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland with Rev. Brian Miller, pastor, as the celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Fountain Springs. A viewing will be held on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of mass at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers contributions, in James name, be made to the charity of your choice.


James B. Losch, 85, of Jonestown, Cass Township, passed away on Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill – East.

Born on September 10, 1936 in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Morgan M. Reber, Sr. and the late Sarah Losch Reber. He was a graduate of Pottsville High School, and worked in infrastructure construction as a pipelayer. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pottsville, and a life member of the West End Hose Company #7, Pottsville. He enjoyed raising racing pigeons.

He was preceded in death by his companion of 35 years, Mary L. Brennan, in 2013; four siblings, Dorothy Purcell, Morgan Reber, Jr., Robert Reber and Douglass Starr.

Jim is survived by Fred Schwartz, Pottsville, Francis Reber, Minersville, and Charles Reber, Minersville; sisters-in-law Judy Reber, Carol Reber and Kathy Reber; nieces and nephews; his faithful canine companion, Lucy.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Friday from 6:00 A.M. until services at 10:30 A.M. Interment will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park, North Manheim Township.


David M. Litchfield
, 62, of Williamstown, passed away Monday, December 27, 2021 at his home.

Born August 7, 1959 in Newport News, Virginia a son of the late Arthur and Barbara Mann Litchfield. He was proud United States Navy Veteran.

David was retired from the Department of Housing where he worked in the maintenance field in Virginia.

David is survived by Rebecca Wile-Powell, Virginia, whom he considered his daughter. Grandchildren Ashley Armstead, Virginia and Michael Wile, New York and great grandchildren, Marcus and Aidan. He is also survived by two brothers, Lealand G. Litchfield, Missouri and Robert A. Litchfield, with whom he resided with in Williamstown, one sister; Faith J. Hodges, Virginia. Several nieces and nephews including Mark Litchfield, Virginia and John Litchfield, Maryland.

David will be laid to rest with military honors on Friday, December 31, 2021 at 10:30 am at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Funeral procession will leave the Dimon Funeral Home, Tower City at 9:45 am. Following Dave's wishes please wear blue jeans, t-shirt, flannel and sneakers.